Worcester County OUI Defense Lawyer

Worcester County is fondly known as “the heart of the Commonwealth.” Like much of New England, Worcester County is an important place in U.S. history. In fact, the first ever public reading of the Declaration of Independence took place in Worcester in July of 1776. The land was originally inhabited by the members of the Nipmuc tribe, and underwent three settlement attempts before being officially incorporated in 1772.

Today, with an estimated population of over 830,000, Worcester County is the second-most populous county in Massachusetts. It is also the largest geographical county in the state. At over 1,500 square miles, Worcester County takes up more area than the entire state of Rhode Island. The population of Worcester County is growing at a rate consistent with the state, as well as the nation. As one of the largest counties in Massachusetts, with continued growth, roadway safety in Worcester will continue to be a priority of the County’s leadership.

Rates of Crime in Worcester County

Worcester County is large and is the home of many cities and towns including Leominster, Fitchburg, and of course the city of Worcester, the county’s largest city. In 2017 and 2018, Worcester saw a decrease in its rate of crime that Police Chief Steven M. Sargent attributes to community policing techniques that the city has implemented. Despite this reduction in crime, according to data released by the FBI in 2018, the crime rate for the city of Worcester remains higher than 98% of Massachusetts’s cities and towns. The rate of crime in Worcester is above the national average for both violent and property-type crimes.

OUI Cases in Worcester County

Following a Boston Globe Spotlight series in 2012, Worcester County made headlines for its seemingly low conviction rate in OUI bench trials. While the County was criticized for appearing lenient, this data can be confusing and misleading to those facing an OUI charge.

In virtually all criminal cases, the Massachusetts Constitution guarantees the right to a jury trial. This right is also protected by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is up to the defendant, taking into account advice from his or her attorney, to decide between a bench trial and a jury trial. The high rate of acquittal in OUI bench trials can be explained by the fact that more defendants opt for a bench trial when they know the Commonwealth’s case against them is weak. Judges are more predictable than juries, and can quickly recognize when a case falls short of the standard of proof.

An OUI charge, also referred to as DUI or DWI, should never be taken lightly. As a state, Massachusetts has some of the most severe drunk driving penalties in the nation. Despite the appearance of leniency in bench trials, prosecutors in the Commonwealth, including Worcester County, will prosecute OUI cases to the fullest extent of the law. If you’ve been charged with an OUI in Worcester County, you should hire an attorney with the experience to fight the charges against you. Just this month, the Massachusetts State Police announced that Worcester County will establish random sobriety checkpoints, in an effort to catch more impaired drivers.

Speak with a Dedicated OUI Defense Attorney Serving Worcester County

If you are facing an OUI charge in Worcester County, you should hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. The Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy has twenty-five years of experience defending people accused of driving under the influence. Attorney Patrick J. Murphy's law office is located at One South Market Street, Fourth Floor in downtown Boston, about an hour drive from the heart of Worcester County. If you need to discuss your OUI case, Attorney Murphy provides a free and confidential consultation. You can reach the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy at (617) 367-0450 any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or you can use our online form to set up an appointment.

Client Reviews
"Highly Recommended. Attorney Patrick J. Murphy absolutely helped me out in my time of need. When I met him in his Boston office he put me right at ease and explained the criminal process to me in a way I could easily understand and in a manner that gave me complete confidence. I was facing a criminal wanton destruction of property charge in Barnstable District Court. On the day of the case, he was at the courthouse waiting for me and my wife. Mr. Murphy handled the hearing in a very thorough and professional manner putting us through our testimony and making a powerful argument to the decision maker. My case was thrown out and I could not be happier with the service from Attorney Murphy. I highly recommend him to you as a skilled legal advocate!" Rob, Avvo User
"Excellent Criminal Defense Lawyer. From the first consultation I knew Patrick Murphy was the right choice for my criminal defense. He was knowledgeable of the laws and knew how to build up a strong defense for my case. Every phone call and email I made was promptly answered. When it came time for my hearing, Patrick was prepared and able to get the criminal complaint against me dropped without ever becoming charge! Would highly recommend this attorney to anyone seeking a top quality defense attorney to handle their case!" John, Avvo User
"OUI Not Guilty Verdict. Patrick Murphy provided excellent service as council on my case. He worked diligently over a long legal process that spanned over 3 years. He was able to take my case to a Jury Trial and get me a Not Guilty verdict through he expert knowledge of the law and expertise in cross examination of the prosecutions witnesses. He was very professional and available at anytime night or day to answer questions." Chris, Avvo User
"Highly Skilled and Professional Lawyer. Attorney Pat Murphy did a great job guiding me through an A&B charge, and most importantly getting the case dismissed in a very timely manner. He is very professional, returns call promptly, and did a great explaining his strategy and the legal process to me. I was confident throughout the whole process that I was in good hands and would receive the best possible outcome in my case. Would highly recommended Attorney Murphy." Avvo User
"I Felt That I was in Good Hands... and I Was! Mr. Patrick J. Murphy was very quick to respond to my needs. He was always there to answer any questions I had in a timely fashion, and he made me feel very comfortable in an extremely uncomfortable situation. Having Mr. Murphy by my side in the courtroom felt like I was at an advantage. He speaks with confidence. He doesn't stutter or pause while put on the spot. He treated me with respect. He listens. He always greeted me with a warm welcome and never wasted any time." Avvo User